World Thinking Day teaches Girl Scouts about neighbors
STEVENSVILLE — Almost 200 local Girl Scouts gathered at the Kent Island American Legion, Post 278, in Stevensville, Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19, for the annual World Thinking Day celebration. The event allows Girl Scout troops to sponsor a learning booth about a nation of the world, and for those attending to experience another culture, learn about that nation’s history, and even sample authentic foods from that nation.
Seventeen different countries were chosen by the troops to exhibit from a list of more than 60 nations. The nations featured were: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Spain and Turkey.
The event began with the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, followed a Parade of Nations, with each troop carrying the flag of their booth’s featured nation around the large banquet hall inside the American Legion. The girls attending were encouraged to visit each booth, and get their “passport” stamped as they learned something about each country.
The food samples from each nation were very interesting. Spain provided “alcohol-free sangria” made from fresh squeezed fruit. Finland served warm strawberry soup. One of the mother’s identified herself a a native of Finland. She said Finland’s coastline is kept quite warm due to tropical currents moving through that region and allows strawberries to be grown there. The soup was pleasant — sweet and enjoyable, visitors said. The Girl Scout hosts of Mexico, wearing mini sombreros, provided samplings of nachos with salsa. The Japanese booth had “sushi” made from Rice Krispies, and Russia provided sweet baked cakes that resembled tiny cupcakes.
Each year the Girl Scouts organization provides opportunities for the girls to learn about nations from around the world, especially relying on the creativity of the unit/troop leaders and having the girls themselves participate in the presentations.
Displaying the culture of Mexico, from the left, Girl Scouts Hannah Hagan, Riley Napier and Hannah Kries of Troop 487 in Centreville offered information and a sampling of nachos and salsa as part of their exhibit during World Thinking Day Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19, at KI American Legion Post 278 in Stevensville.
As part of Girl Scout World Thinking Day these Bay Area Girl Scouts were encouraged to taste the culture of a foreign nation. From the left, Girl Scouts Claire Anne Taylor, Hailee Martino and Katherine Monoghan of Centreville Troop 816 provided “alcohol free Sangria” made of fresh fruit to represent the nation of Spain. Troop-mate Jenna Patrick was not pictured as she carried the flag of Spain in the opening Parade of Nations.
Egypt was represented at this booth by members of Troop 534 of Ingleside/Sudlersville, from the left, Bailee Hastings and Paige Ruff. History and basic information about Egypt was exhibited.
Presenting the African nation of Kenya, Girl Scouts from Troop 630 in Centreville kneel in front of their display. From the left, Ava Weaver, Lilah Paddy, Anna Mildenberger, Sammie Marconi, Ally Root, and Catrina Gromley. It was one of 17 different nations exhibited in the Girl Scouts World Thinking Day program, Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19.
Brownie Girl Scout Aleksandra Cook (far right) dressed in authentic Russian attire, served as guide for her mother’s native Russia, explaining to other Girl Scouts about the history and heritage of this nation. Russia was one of 17 different nations exhibited at the annual Girl Scout World Thinking Day at KI American Legion Post 278 in Stevensville, Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19.